Make stand clear on Govt reforms: D Raja to BJP

Communist Party of India leader D Raja took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party over comments made by Arun Shourie and BC Khanduri.

New Delhi: Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Monday took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over comments made by former Union Minister Arun Shourie and party veteran BC Khanduri in praise of Dr Manmohan Singh and the slew of ongoing reforms, saying the principal opposition party must make its stand clear before the people of the country.

"We have taken note of what Arun Shourie has been speaking or what Khanduri has been speaking. It is for the BJP to explain whether they really represent BJP, reflect the views of BJP. They should explain because it is BJP`s problems. Some BJP leaders are speaking in support of the government, praising the Prime Minister or even supporting FDI in multi-brand retail," said Raja.

"It is for the BJP being the principal opposition party to explain. BJP must tell the people what is its stand, what its advocates or spokespersons are speaking against its own position," he added.

Arun Shourie had earlier welcomed the Centre`s decision to hike diesel prices and allow foreign direct investment or FDI in retail, saying it was the need of the hour.

"Increasing diesel prices was the need of the hour. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has for the first time shown his strength," he told mediapersons in Bhopal.

Khanduri had also on Sunday said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh`s resignation is ``no solution`` to the political stalemate and called for political reforms to root out corruption instead of going for ``short-term solutions``.

The government took some decisions last week, including the hike in diesel price, cap the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders to six per household and approving 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in multi-brand retail.

The UPA Government, however, faced stiff protest from its biggest ally, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), which eventually pulled out of the ruling coalition.


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